James L. Bassett, Chairman of the Board at AmeriFirst Bank, today announced that James Robin (J.R.) Jones has been elected to the bank’s Board of Directors.
Jones is the former Director and Chairman of Escambia County Bank, which was acquired by AmeriFirst Bank in November, 2020.
A native of Atmore, Jones earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Alabama in 1970 and subsequently earned a Master of Science degree from the University in 1972.
He also completed studies at the School of Banking of the South, conducted at Louisiana State University, in 1976.
Jones joined Escambia County Bank in 1972 as an Assistant Vice President and was named Vice President two years later.
He was elected President in 1977 and added the title of Chief Executive Officer in 1981. In 1993, he was named Chairman of the Board and CEO, a position he held until his retirement in 2017, although he remained Chairman until the bank’s acquisition in 2020.
Jones also served as a Board member of First National Bank and Trust, Atmore, from 2002 until 2020.
He and his wife, the former Betty Hines, have three children: Betsy Hemby, Robin Jones and Drew Jones, along with eight grandchildren. They are members of Century United Methodist Church in Century, Florida, where Jones serves as a Lay Leader.
“During the merger process, we came to know and to appreciate J.R.,” Bassett said. “Now, we are delighted to add him to our Board of Directors, in the certain knowledge that his experience and familiarity with the Escambia County market, and the administration of the bank itself, will serve our customers well.”
AmeriFirst Bank was found founded in 1904 and maintains locations in Prattville, Montgomery, Auburn, Flomaton and Union Springs.